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How long does it take to create an eLearning module?

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Yes, this is probably one of the oldest questions in eLearning. However, it is one that we really should keep revisiting as it takes us back to considering everything from what is the learning need through to how big is the budget and how do you define effectiveness (for example). It’s good to read what the guys at Learning Tech in New Zealand have to say. They rightly point out… Read More »How long does it take to create an eLearning module?

How to Create Your Own Illustrated Characters in PowerPoint

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Tom has done it again and pulled together an excellent piece, presenting it in such a way that it becomes an appealing learning resource for a wide variety of people. As Tom says “PowerPoint is a versatile application. You can use it for all sorts of things from presentations to online training programs. Today’s tip comes courtesy of blog reader, Daniel Albarrán. He sent me an email stating that once… Read More »How to Create Your Own Illustrated Characters in PowerPoint

eLearning Storyboard Template

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Jill Parman has written an interesting article on eLearning storyboards which serves as an excellent introduction to the purpose, relevance and how you use storyboards. She also provides a downloadable, free Word template for anyone just embarking on instructional design. Click here to go to Jill’s article on Tech Whirl.

e-Learning and the Psychology of Colour

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Stephanie Ivec of Lectora has written an intriguing and useful article on the fascinating field of colour psychology. Click here to take a look at what Stephanie has to say on colours, what they represent and what you might use each for in eLearning. Stephanie also goes on to explain colour combinations.

9 Tips on Applying Adult Learning Theory to eLearning

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Christopher Pappas states in eLearningindustry.com that according to the renowned American educator, Malcolm Knowles there are 5 assumptions concerning the characteristics of adult learners, and 4 principles concerning adult learning (andragogy). Despite the fact that Knowles’ adult learning theory assumptions and principles were introduced in the 1980’s, each can be utilized today to help eLearning professionals create more meaningful learning experiences for adult learners. Click here for Christopher’s article in… Read More »9 Tips on Applying Adult Learning Theory to eLearning

Gamification vs. Game-Based Learning

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Yes, there is a difference, a big difference! Gamification seems like it has taken over the entire eLearning industry. Everyone has either heard of it, some are currently using it. But what exactly is it and how does it differ from game-based learning? Sarah Bright, Communications Director at Digital Chalk gives you their take on this. Click here to read Sarah’s concise explanation of the difference.

Gamification: Your Learners Deserve to be Delighted and Excited

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Juliette Denny has produced an interesting read on elearningindustry.com. For those who are new to the concept of gamification or perhaps think that it is simply games playing, then this piece goes that bit deeper in helping to explain what it is and how it does a job. She rightly enthuses about the impact gamification can have on learning outcomes. However, not all of us are going to have the… Read More »Gamification: Your Learners Deserve to be Delighted and Excited

Top 10 Tips on How to Use Avatars in eLearning

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It’s a well-known fact that highly interactive and immersive eLearning courses are far more effective than those that are static or solely content-driven. Creating an eLearning experience that encourages learners to play a pivotal role in their own learning process is paramount. One-dimensional eLearning courses simply are not good enough (in most situations). One way to boost the interactivity of any eLearning course is to integrate avatars, which guide, narrate,… Read More »Top 10 Tips on How to Use Avatars in eLearning

Build with the Community of Learners in Mind

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I really enjoyed reading this blog post by Peter Condon, Learning Architect and Mentor at The Online Learning Development Company, (http://www.toldco.co.uk/). Not only does it ‘state the bleeding obvious’ it includes a number of little gems that often get forgotten. Plus, we all forget ‘the bleeding obvious’ and don’t consider it when designing courses. Now that we have much better capabilities for getting learners to interact using classic social media… Read More »Build with the Community of Learners in Mind

10 Invaluable Books for Instructional Design

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I have to confess to being a big fan of Allen Interactions having known Michael when we were both working for Control Data in the early 1980s. Here Angel Green, one of his senior instructional strategists, does a great job in identifying some splendid books on Instructional Design. All are good reading for anyone who wants to move beyond the basics and really get to grips with the issues of… Read More »10 Invaluable Books for Instructional Design